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19 - 25 April 2021

Together we are forever Leeds

The Big Get Together (BGT) brings Leeds alumni together all around the world. It’s a time to celebrate and enjoy our shared connection with the University of Leeds and meet and network with fellow graduates.

Check out below the global and local events near you and book your place.

BGT events

The Alumni and Development Team want to ensure that all Leeds alumni stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are supporting local organisers to run digital events where COVID-19 restrictions mean that this is the more suitable option. Every country is in a different position at the moment so we are relying on local organisers to decide what is best. Please ensure that if you are a guest at an in-person event that you follow the relevant guidance for your country.

Events for everyone
Events where you are



Date: Saturday 24 April

Time: 16:00 - 18:10

Location: Online via Zoom

Join our Nigerian hosts for 'Adapting in a Pandemic World'. During the webinar, this theme will attempt to delve into how our lives have been affected by the pandemic in time and space, how we are adapting and what we think of the challenges ahead.

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Date: Friday 23 April

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Location: Online via Zoom

Meet up online with Shafiq Rahman (PhD Transport Studies 2013) and other Leeds alumni and enjoy reminiscing about your time at Leeds.

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Date: Thursday 22 April

Time: 19:30 - 21:00 (GMT+8, Beijing time)

Location: Online via Zoom

Join our University of Leeds alumni hosts from CRNTI for an evening of casual networking involving organized group chat and interactive quizzes! Meet other Leeds University alumni across all corners of China and join our WeChat and Facebook Group to stay networked for career opportunities and future gatherings.

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Chengdu, China

Date: Saturday 24 April

Time: 11:00 - 14:00

Location: Qinglonghu Wetland Park, Chengdu

Cost: Guests to prepare their own picnics

Join Sophie Xi (MA Human Resource Management 2011) and Louisa Luo (MSc Geographical Information Systems 2015) for a picnic and trekking at Qinglonghu Wetland Park. Friends and family welcome.

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Guangzhou, China

Date: Saturday 24 April

Time: 16:00 - 20:00

Location: The Happy Monk Party Pier, 1st floor, Guangzhou

Cost: ¥188 (including buffet dinner, free-flow drinks, games and prizes)

The premier annual gathering is back. Form a team and show us your talents in singing, dancing, cocktail-mixing and more. Meet old and new friends in this rare once-a-year event. Delicious buffet dinner, free-flow drinks and prizes included.

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Date: Tuesday 20 April

Time: 18:00 - 19:30

Location: Online via Google Meet

Join Sai Htet Aung for this informal get together to share some of your memorable experiences from Leeds, discuss what you have been doing since you graduated and explore how Leeds alumni can collaborate in the future for the betterment of the lives of the Myanmar people.

Bookings closed

Shanghai, China

Date: Saturday 24 April

Time: 18:00 – 22:00

Location: Kartel, 1 Xiangyang North Road, Jingan District, Shanghai

Cost: Guests to pay for their own food and drinks, 150-200RMB per person

Join Yuan Yuan (MA Applied Translation Studies 2010), Chen Zheng (MA Human Resource Management 2016), Tangyi Zhu (International Trade Law 2017) and Wenbo Cai (International Corporate Law 2018) and come out for a night of fun and new experiences. Just grab a glass and enjoy. There will also be ice-breaking games and a Leeds quiz. Friends and family welcome.

Fully booked

Shenzhen, China

Date: Saturday 24 April

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 / 13:00

Location: Lianhuashan Park, Lianhua Street, Futian District, Shenzhen

Cost: Guests to bring food and drink for the picnic

Join Jie Zhang (MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies 2019) for a picnic in Lianhuashan Park. There will be some fun ice breaker games, a Leeds themed quiz, the chance to do a short walk and lots of time to sit together, talk, share and eat!

Fully booked

Xiamen, China

Date: Saturday 24 April

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Location: Solar Coffee, No. 30-12, Hexiang East Road, Xiamen

Cost: Guests to pay for their own drinks but the café sponsor will offer free cake!

Join Haoting Huang (MA Human Resources 2016) and Xinyue Zeng (MA Media Industries 2014) and have some fun with Leeds alumni. There will be chance to play some group games such as Ring Toss and Hands and Feet Hopscotch and enjoy a Leeds quiz as well as chat over coffee.

Fully booked


Brisbane, Australia

Date: Wednesday 21 April

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Location: Brew Café and Wine Bar, Lower, Burnett Lane, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Cost: Guests to pay for own food and beverages

Join Puteri Paramita (Transport Planning, 2010) for happy hours drinks and casual networking at a local outdoor pub in Brisbane City Centre.

Bookings closed

Perth, Australia

Date: Sunday 25 April

Time: 16:00 - 18:30 or later

Location: The Gazebo on Matilda Bay Reserve

Cost: Guests to BYO drinks and a plate of food to share

Join Sandra Toby (Mathematics) on ANZAC Day for a friendly and informal picnic at the Gazabo on the beautiful Matilda Bay Reserve (3 km SW of Perth). Family and friends welcome too.

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Wellington, New Zealand

Date: Wednesday 21 April

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Location: Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave Street, Wellington

Cost: Guests to pay for their own food and drinks

Come and enjoy a casual evening with your Wellington-based Leeds colleagues at the Thistle Inn. Steve Logan and Millie Douglas look forward to hearing about your experiences and memories from your time at Leeds. They might even have a mini Leeds quiz to test you too! Family and friends welcome.

Bookings closed



Date: Friday 23 April

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Location: Online via Zoom

The first Big Get Together in Greece after almost two years is happening online, giving us the opportunity to connect, share experiences and have fun! Stelios and Athanasia look forward to meeting and welcoming people from all over Greece!

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North America


Date: Saturday 24 April

Time: 18:30 - 19:30 (Eastern time)

Location: Online via Google Meet

A community that gets together, stays together. This past year has been difficult for everyone but what binds everyone together is community. Join Avnish Mehra (MSc Banking and Finance 2010) for a virtual party and spend some time relishing memories.

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South America


Date: Saturday 24 April

Time: 19:00 - 20:30

Location: Online via Skype

Join Daniela and Diego and get together to remember our best moments in Leeds in the BGT Chile 2021.

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The BGT 2021 will be a bit different.

After a year like no other and with social distancing restrictions continuing in many parts of the world, the usual BGT after-work drinks, barbecues and picnics may not be possible but we still want you to get together. We’ve all had to pivot to a virtual world and an online BGT will still be great chance to connect with the Leeds community.